Bringing some last-stretch star power to a campaign in need of a boost, Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped up Republican John McCain today as a "real life action hero."
The actor turned California governor mocked Democrat Barack Obama, saying "he needs to do something about those skinny legs," needs to buff up those "scrawny little arms," and put some meat on his ideas.
McCain, on the other hand, "is built like a rock," Schwarzenegger said at a raucous rally in Columbus, Ohio.
The Arizona senator has been tested, including his 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war during Vietnam.
"He served longer in a POW camp than his opponent has served in the United States Senate," Schwarzenegger said.
He also derided Obama's tax policies as the same kind of socialism that his native Europe labored under for decades.
Schwarzenegger also ridiculed Obama's record-breaking fund-raising, saying he had brought in enough to bailout the banks and pay off troubled mortgages all by himself.
"Our democracy is not for sale," he said.
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